Jung Kyung-ho (actor, born 1983)

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Jung Kyung-ho
Jung Kyung-ho, 2019.jpg
Jung Kyung-ho in 2019.
Born (1983-08-31) August 31, 1983 (age 37)
South Korea
Other namesJung Kyoung-ho
Alma materChung-Ang University - Theater
Years active2004—present
  • Management Allum
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Gyeong-ho
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Gyŏngho

Jung Kyung-ho (born August 31, 1983) is a South Korean actor. He became well known for his supporting roles in I'm Sorry, I Love You (2004) and Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007), and his leading roles in Smile, You (2009) and Heartless City (2013). He has since had leading roles in Beating Again (2015), One More Happy Ending (2016), Missing Nine (2017), Prison Playbook (2017–2018), Life on Mars (2018), When the Devil Calls Your Name (2019) and Hospital Playlist (2020).

Early life[edit]

Jung Kyung-ho is the son of Jung Eu-young, veteran TV director and frequent collaborator of writer Kim Soo-hyun of hit television dramas such as Mom's Dead Upset, My Husband's Woman, Life Is Beautiful and Childless Comfort. Jung Eul-young was initially against his son pursuing acting, but Jung defied his father's wishes and moved out of the family home. Father and son did not speak for three years (they have since reconciled).[1]

Jung applied for and got accepted in the theater department of Chung-Ang University, regarded as one of the best in Korea, making it the dream college for aspiring actors. During his freshman year, he became roommates with an older theater major named Ha Jung-woo. Ha became a huge influence in Jung's life, and Jung later said he decided to become an actor after seeing Ha perform onstage.[citation needed] It was Ha who persuaded Jung to try out for the KBS actors' audition in 2003.


Jung passed the KBS audition, and was soon signed by leading talent agency SidusHQ.[2] Along with four other newcomers from the agency, he made his acting debut in 5 Stars, a mobile drama produced by SidusHQ and broadcast over SK Telecom.[3] A few minor roles on KBS followed.

Jung's first major break came in 2004 melodrama series I'm Sorry, I Love You, playing the supporting role of an actor who belatedly falls for his childhood friend (Im Soo-jung) and has an unusually close relationship with his mother.[4][5] It was a critical and commercial hit, which led to his being cast in two films in 2005: he played the pop singer crush of a novice nun (Yoon Jin-seo) in the ensemble romantic comedy All for Love,[6] and the more proactive assistant of a shy photographer (Kim Joo-hyuk) in When Romance Meets Destiny.[7]

After playing his first leading role in the little-seen Gangster High (2006),[8] Jung returned to television in the well-received action drama Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007), in which he and Lee Joon-gi played NIS agents.[9][1][10] Back on the big screen, his turn as a policeman who unknowingly becomes interested in an autistic young woman (Kang Hye-jung) in Herb netted him a Best New Actor award at the Chunsa Film Art Awards.[11] Jung then played a 1980s-era college student tutoring a high school girl (Cha Soo-yeon) in surreal romance For Eternal Hearts, the opening film of the 2007 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[12]

Director Lee Joon-ik then cast Jung in Sunny (2008) as a double bassist in a "consolatory band" who helps the heroine (Soo Ae) find her husband during the Vietnam War.[13] The year after, he played a fugitive who faces off against a small town detective (Kim Yoon-seok) in Running Turtle (2009).[14]

For his first role in a historical drama, Jung played a Goguryeo prince torn between love and duty in Ja Myung Go (2009), based on the folktale Prince Hodong and the Princess of Nakrang (Princess Jamyung was played by Jung Ryeo-won).[15] After Ja Myung Go's lackluster ratings, Jung bounced back with popular family drama Smile, You, in which he and Lee Min-jung stars as a couple from different backgrounds. Of playing an endearing "beta male," Jung said, "I am glad to be able to play a fun character and work on a fun script."[16][17]

After that, Jung chose the low-key The Great Gye Choon-bin (2010), a one-act Drama Special episode where he played an art therapist who meets a quirky kindergarten teacher who helps him get over his fear of the dark.[1][18][19]

Cable series Heartless City (2013) was Jung's first acting project post-army, a noir crime drama.[20] He received the best reviews of his career yet for playing the dark, conflicted antihero.[21][22][23]

He next starred as an arrogant Hallyu star on a rough flight from Tokyo to Seoul in the comedy Rollercoaster (released internationally as Fasten Your Seatbelt). It was the directorial debut of actor Ha Jung-woo, Jung's friend and fellow college alumni/agency mate in Fantagio.[24][25]

In 2014, he appeared in the 1970s-set period drama Endless Love,[26] followed by the role of a psychopathic serial killer in Manhole.[27] Jung next starred in Beating Again, a romantic drama about cellular memory after a heart transplant.[28]

In 2016, he starred in the romantic comedy series One More Happy Ending.[29]

In 2017, Jung starred in disaster drama Missing Nine,[30] followed by the critically acclaimed black comedy series Prison Playbook.[31][32]

In 2018, Jung was cast as the lead role in Korean remake of British crime drama Life on Mars.[33][34] The series received acclaim from viewers, and Jung was praised for his convincing portrayal of a dazed detective.[35]

In 2019, Jung starred in the occult melodrama When the Devil Calls Your Name.[36]

In 2020, Jung starred in hit and critically acclaimed medical drama Hospital Playlist.[37]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2008, he and actor Yoo Ha-jun became business partners and launched the internet shopping mall Double Bill,[38] which sold vintage and trendy clothes for men.

Jung enlisted on November 30, 2010, to serve his mandatory military service as an active-duty soldier with the 306th draft.[39] He was later transferred to the military band in Yongin, then discharged on September 4, 2012, with a commendation from the Army Chief of Staff.[40][41][42]

Jung Kyung-ho's agency confirmed in January 2014 that Jung had been dating actress and singer Choi Soo-young of Girls' Generation since early 2013. They became acquainted as they attend the same church and went to the same university.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 All for Love Yoo Jung-hoon
When Romance Meets Destiny Kim Il-woong
2006 Gangster High Lee Sang-ho
2007 Herb Lee Jong-beom
For Eternal Hearts Soo-young
2008 Beastie Boys cameo
Sunny Yong-deuk
2009 Running Turtle Song Gi-tae
2013 Fasten Your Seatbelt Ma Joon-gyu
2014 Manhole Soo-chul
2015 Amor Tae-woo [44]
2018 Deja Vu Choi Hyun-suk [45]
2021 Apgujeong Report Ji Woo [46]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2004 Sweet 18 Jung-sook's blind date KBS2
You Will Know Ha Ki-ho [47]
5 Stars SK Telecom
I'm Sorry, I Love You Choi Yoon KBS2
2005 My Sweetheart My Darling Yoo In-chul KBS1 [48]
2007 Time Between Dog and Wolf Kang Min-ki MBC
2009 Ja Myung Go Prince Ho-dong SBS
Smile, You Kang Hyun-soo
2010 Road No. 1 man who picks up garbage to sell MBC Cameo (Ep. 5)[49]
Drama Special "The Great Gye Choon-bin" Wang Gi-nam KBS2
2013 Heartless City Jung Shi-hyun jTBC
After School: Lucky or Not Doctor Nate Hoppin/
Drama Festival "Crow's-Eye View" Bon-woong MBC [51]
2014 Endless Love Han Gwang-cheol SBS
Drama Festival "House, Mate" Seok-jin MBC Cameo[52]
2015 Beating Again Kang Min-ho jTBC
My First Time Police officer OnStyle Cameo (Ep. 2)[53]
High-End Crush Entertainment news anchor Naver TV Cast Cameo (Ep. 7, 13 and 20)[54]
2016 One More Happy Ending Song Soo-hyuk MBC
2017 Missing 9 Seo Joon-oh
Prison Playbook Lee Joon-ho tvN
2018 Life on Mars Han Tae-joo OCN
2019 When the Devil Calls Your Name Ha Rip / Seo Dong-cheon tvN
Crash Landing on You Cha Sang-woo Cameo (Ep. 1, 5 and 7)
2020- present Hospital Playlist Kim Joon-wan

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2013.10.16 Radio Star MBC Cast member
2013 SNL Korea tvN Host[55][unreliable source?]
2013 Life Talk Show Taxi tvN Cast member

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2006 "Confession" 4Men
2008 "Doll + A Man's Love" Zia
"Violin + Miss You"
2015 "Wind Breeze" Outsider feat. Lee Eun-mi[56]


Year Song title Artist Notes
2004 "5 Stars" Jung Kyung-ho & .. OST of movie "5 Stars"
2004 "Precious Person" Jung Kyung-ho from I'm Sorry, I Love You OST
2006 "Gangster High" Jung Kyung-ho, Lee Tae Sung & .. from Gangster HighOST
2015 "Red Carpet"
(J.star ver.)
Outsider feat. Jung Kyung-ho from album Pride and Prejudice
2019 "The Street You Left" Liver & Gallbladder (Jung Kyung-ho & Kim Hyung-Mook) from When the Devil Calls Your Name OST (Special Edition)
"When I am In Busan" Jung Kyung-ho from When the Devil Calls Your Name OST
"Where Is the Dream"
"Everyday" Jung Kyung-ho

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor I'm Sorry, I Love You Nominated
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards All for Love Nominated [57]
2007 15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Herb Won [58]
6th Korean Film Awards Nominated [57]
2008 4th Premiere Rising Star Awards Sunny Won [59]
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [57]
2009 46th Grand Bell Awards Nominated [57]
4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards Male Star Award N/A Won [60][61]
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Smile, You Nominated
Producer's Award Smile, You, Ja Myung Go Won [62]
2013 DramaFever Awards Best Bad Boy Heartless City Won [63]
2014 34th Golden Cinema Festival Best New Actor Fasten Your Seatbelt Won [64]
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Endless Love Nominated
2016 2016 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries One More Happy Ending Nominated
2017 MBC Drama Awards Best Character Award, Comic Character Missing 9 Won [65]
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Life on Mars Nominated [66]
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor When the Devil Calls Your Name Nominated [67]
2020 5th Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award (Actor) N/A Nominated [68]


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